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Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

Main Street Block Party a Fall Hit

Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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May 14, 2019

Island Kids has launched its new initiative, Moving Forward, a program developed for high schoolers (ages 14-18), and separately, one for young adults (ages 18 - 30) with work readiness, cooking, and songwriting programs. They hope to bridge a programming gap that has an increased focus on younger children and babies, at the expense of teens and young adults, to provide enrichment and programming for this forgotten cohort.

Roosevelt Island suffers a gl...

May 7, 2019

New York Junior Tennis & Learning's (NYJTL) spring season has begun outside at the Octagon Park tennis courts. NYJTL is the largest grassroots tennis and education nonprofit in the U.S., serving 85,000 kids in all five boroughs annually. 

The hours are 3:00 - 6:00 pm for those aged seven through 18, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pee-wees, five and six-year olds, as well as seven-year old beginners, may attend from 3:3...

January 29, 2019

This weekend, Islanders will be treated to Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, acted by the local teens in Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance’s (MST&DA) Teen Theater class. Directed by Island resident Joan Marie, with music by Jon Cook, scene design by the Roosevelt Island Visual Artist's Association's Dan Nistor, and Graphic Design by Ana McCasland, the cast is comprised of 15 actors whose ages range from the eighth grade to seniors in...

November 30, 2018

I want to introduce you to RIRA’s Children, Youth and Education Ad Hoc committee (CY&E). Though we formed just last term, we've already accomplished a lot. You have probably attended one of our events, or read our Time Capsule interviews published in The WIRE. As our population continues to grow, this committee continues to be a voice for our younger and smaller constituents and their families.

Finding Leadership Opportunities 

The CY&E A...

September 15, 2018

Do you enjoy all the nature on our beloved island? Are you interested in the amazing local plants and flowers? Well, let us tell you why we are lucky to have some native plants on Roosevelt Island.

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. Many pollinators, like beautiful butterflies and lovely ladybugs, can only rely on native plants for food and nectar. Because of this, the butterflies and other pollinators may become endangered on our island and...

June 23, 2018

Last Saturday, as the sun dipped behind the Manhattan skyline and the lighthouse lit up, dozens of Girl Scouts and parents busily set about erecting a tidy row of tents along the western side of the Lighthouse Park lawn. For many of the younger girls, it would be their very first experience sleeping outdoors and you could feel a nervous energy as they ran between tents searching for friends and testing out flashlights.  

“In many parts of the country,...

June 10, 2018

Looking for more Island-based summer camp opportunities? Here are some Roosevelt Island programs with spaces available: 


The Child Center NY’s free summer camp, located at PS/IS 217, still has spots available for third through fifth graders. Camp runs July 9 - August 17 and participants must attend at least four days per week for the full season. Camp runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/WIREsummer or come to...

June 10, 2018

This summer, Island students entering seventh through ninth grades can fight off “brain drain” while getting hands-on experience with 3D printers, laser cutters, and robotics. 

From July 16 to August 3, educational nonprofit NYC FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will offer one-week “maker” courses at their Roosevelt Island STEM Center at 544 Main Street, across from Good Shepherd Plaza. 

“This program is a good opportunit...

June 3, 2018

The Child Center of NY’s Beacon centers serve as a community hub for children, teens, and adults. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun place for community members to come together, and to provide them with a healthy, enriching environment through education, recreation, and the arts. We work especially with our young people to build character and set lifelong goals. These centers are truly a place to grow.

Beacon youth programs are designed to help par...

May 25, 2018

 To the Editor:

Regarding the May 19 Music Is All Inclusive concert, which was dedicated to Dick Lutz and presented with the support of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Youth Committee’s Adib Mansour and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association’s Wendy Hersh: Ms. Shuang Yu, kudos to you and your young students!  

Thank you for including this program as part of Saturday’s remembrance of Dick Lutz, Editor Emeritus of The Main Street WIRE. Dick...

May 25, 2018

PS/IS 217 is going green. Construction on the school’s green roof is scheduled to begin within the next month. 

“We are delighted to announce  that construction will commence soon and we are looking forward to integrating the green roof into our STEM-enhanced curriculum across all grade levels,” said Principal Mandana Beckman.

The project was the top winner in Council Member Ben Kallos’ Participatory Budgeting competition in 2015, winning a third of all...

May 12, 2018

One of the few Island organizations that appeared to be stable now seems to be spiraling out of control.

May 12, 2018

In March, the Roosevelt Island Marlins, a swim club that’s been based on the Island since 2005, brought home an impressive 14 medals from the Junior Olympics, 7 from the Eastern Zone Short Course Championship, and 10 from the Eight and Under Metro Championship. 

Out of the water, though, some parents say the team’s winning ethos comes at a cost. They paint a picture of a deeply divided organization where bullying is common and even small disagreements...

May 1, 2018

Island audiences will soon be the first to watch a brand-new musical, The Monkey King, premiering at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) May 11-14. 

Written by husband and wife team Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner, and supported by an initial commission from MST&DA Executive Director Kristi Towey, The Monkey King will be staged by the company’s Children’s Theatre.  

Actors in the Children’s Theatre production of Monkey King.

In this mode...

May 1, 2018

A new, free vocational and educational program, called Moving Forward, is launching this fall for young adults on the Island. Focus groups will be held May 19-20 to gather feedback from potential participants and their families about the services needed. 

The pilot program is being spearheaded by Wendy Hersh, president of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association, and Nikki Leopold, the executive director of Island Kids. It aims to help teens and young...

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